Celebration is ongoing in Bong County amongst students, as the Liberian government has settled their financial obligations to Schools in the county for this academic year.
Our reporter said, a special Scholarship Committee setup to coordinate the disbursement of a $30 million Liberian dollar scholarship fund launched by the Liberian government has begun the second phase of disbursement of funds to Schools in the County.
In April of this year, the Liberian government through the offices of Minister of State for Presidential Affairs Nathaniel McGill and Jorquelleh District Representative J. Marvin Cole launched the scholarship program to help reduce financial burden Parents and self-sponsored students are facing.
About a month after the launched, the committee presented three million Liberians dollars to three school for the first phase.
However, on Tuesday June 1, 2021, several schools and students gathered to benefit from their share of the scholarship funds.
The second phase of the disbursement is in the tune of $6 Million Liberian Dollars and will target schools in Gbarnga.
Speaking before the presentation of cheques to schools, Bong County District #3 Representative J. Marvin Cole, described the scholarship as a great help to the People of the County.
He said as officials of the Committee, they have been able to lobby with the government to top up the amount to $54 -million dollars for scholarship. Rep. Cold said, the government of President George Weah remains committed to ensuring quality and affordable education in Liberia.
“This is a clear manifestation that President Weah is the best, he has shown his willingness to always helping the under privileged students. I want to assure you that this government will always help you, this government will do all it takes to make you attain quality and affordable Education,” he maintained.
According to him, this is the first of its kind for each School in Bong to receive more than five hundred thousand Liberian dollars as scholarship funds.
Schools that benefited the second phase of the disbursement are; Totota Lutheran $500,000.00 Nathaniel V. Massaquoi High school 500,000,00, St. Mark’s Lutheran high school 500,000.00 Sumo MOYE Memorial Institute 500,000,00 and St. Martin’s Catholic high school 500,000.00. Others are; Arthur B. Francis high school $485,000 Liberians Dollars , Martha Tubman high school 84,000 amongst several others.
The second phase of the disbursement now totals $9 million dollars from the $30 million the committee currently has. Some of the students after receiving their cheques lauded the Liberian government for the gesture describing it as financial liberation.
Jerome B. Tokpah, a student of the Suakoko high school said, he is very happy to benefit the government’s scholarship adding that he will forever remain grateful to the President and Hon Marvin Cole.
“The good thing is, I will not pay graduation fees because they told us that if you already paid school fees, the money given should be placed in the account for graduation fees” he added.
Catherine Logan of St. Martin’s high said she was at the verge of dropping from school but what has been placed in the school’s account will keep her in school for the next academic year.